Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

  • The Munda Languages

    Edited by Gregory D.S. Anderson

    The Munda group of languages of the Austroasiatic family are spoken within central and eastern India by almost ten million people. To date, they are the least well-known and least documented languages of the Indian subcontinent. This unprecedented and original work draws together a distinguished…

    Paperback – 2014-08-15
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  • The Khoesan Languages

    Edited by Rainer Vossen

    The Routledge Language Family series is aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates of linguistics and language, and those with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology and language development. According to a widely accepted hypothesis, the Khoesan languages represent the…

    Hardback – 2013-02-14
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  • The Iranian Languages

    Edited by Gernot Windfuhr

    The Iranian languages form the major eastern branch of the Indo-European group of languages, itself part of the larger Indo-Iranian family. Estimated to have between 150 and 200 million native speakers, the Iranian languages constitute one of the world’s major language families. This comprehensive…

    Paperback – 2012-07-12
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  • The Languages of Japan and Korea

    Edited by Nicolas Tranter

    The Languages of Japan and Korea provides detailed descriptions of the major varieties of languages in the region, both modern and pre-modern, within a common format, producing a long-needed introductory reference source. Korean, Japanese, Ainu, and representative members of the main groupings of…

    Hardback – 2012-05-16
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  • The Tai-Kadai Languages

    Edited by Anthony Diller, Jerry Edmondson, Yongxian Luo

    With close to 100 million speakers, Tai-Kadai constitutes one of the world's major language families. The Tai-Kadai Languages provides a unique, comprehensive, single-volume tome covering much needed grammatical descriptions in the area. It presents an important overview of Thai that includes…

    Paperback – 2011-08-18
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  • The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

    Edited by K Alexander Adelaar, Nikolaus Himmelmann

    Some 800 Austronesian languages are spoken in the area extending from Madagascar to eastern Indonesia and to the north to Taiwan and the Philippines. They vary greatly in almost every possible respect, including the size and social make-up of the speech communities and their typological profiles.…

    Paperback – 2011-04-28
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  • The Oceanic Languages

    By Terry Crowley, John Lynch, Malcolm D Ross

    The Oceanic Languages form a closed subgroup within one of the world’s largest language families, Austronesian. There are between 1000 and 1500 Austronesian languages (estimates vary), with so much structural diversity that they are best handled in two volumes, one on the Oceanic and one on the…

    Paperback – 2011-04-08
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  • The Mongolic Languages

    Edited by Juha Janhunen

    The Mongolic Languages represents the first comprehensive treatment of the Mongolic language family in English. The Mongolic languages form a linguistically well defined but geographically widely dispersed family of more than a dozen separate languages, distributed from East and North Asia (…

    Paperback – 2011-03-31
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  • The Celtic Languages

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Martin Ball, Nicole Muller

    The Celtic Languages describes in depth all the Celtic languages from historical, structural and sociolinguistic perspectives with individual chapters on Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Breton and Cornish. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to provide a comprehensive and…

    Hardback – 2009-08-27
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  • The Indo-Aryan Languages

    Edited by George Cardona, Danesh Jain

    The Indo-Aryan languages are spoken by at least 700 million people throughout India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands. They have a claim to great antiquity, with the earliest Vedic Sanskrit texts dating to the end of the second millennium B.C. With texts in Old…

    Paperback – 2007-05-17
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  • The Sino-Tibetan Languages

    Edited by Randy J. LaPolla, Graham Thurgood

    There are more native speakers of Sino-Tibetan languages than of any other language family in the world. Our records of these languages are among the oldest for any human language, and the amount of active research on them, both diachronic and synchronic, has multiplied in the last few decades.…

    Paperback – 2007-04-17
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  • The Turkic Languages

    Edited by Éva Ágnes Csató Johanson, Lars Johanson

    The Turkic languages are spoken today in a vast geographical area from the Balkans to the Arctic Ocean and from South Iran to China. There are currently twenty languages in the group, the most important being Turkish. This is the first reference book to bring together detailed discussions of the…

    Paperback – 2006-11-22
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  • The Bantu Languages

    Edited by Derek Nurse, Gérard Philippson

    Providing descriptive and typological information about the Bantu languages of southern Africa, this volume brings together a set of expert contributors and is divided into two parts: linguistics areas, including phonology, morphology, syntax and historical linguistics, and secondly, the many…

    Paperback – 2006-11-14
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  • The Dravidian Languages

    Edited by Sanford B. Steever

    The Dravidian language family is the world’s fourth largest with over 220 million speakers. This authoritative reference is ideal both as an introduction to the language family and for linguists looking for new information, as well as for readers with a general interest in Dravidian and Indic…

    Paperback – 2006-11-14
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  • The Indo-European Languages

    Edited by Paolo Ramat

    The Indo-European languages are a family of several hundred languages and dialects including most of the major languages of Europe as well as many in West, Central and Southern Asia. Indo-European is the largest family of languages in the world today, with its languages being spoken by…

    Paperback – 2006-11-14
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  • The Semitic Languages

    Edited by Robert Hetzron

    The Semitic languages are a family of languages spoken by more that 370 million people across much of the Middle East and North and East Africa. This is the first general survey of those languages, including the Arab and Aramaic dialects and various languages of Ethiopia. Containing twenty-two…

    Paperback – 2006-11-14
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  • The Uralic Languages

    Edited by Daniel Abondolo

    The Uralic languages form a language family of around thirty languages spoken by about twenty million people. This book focuses on nineteen of the major Uralic languages from Estonian to Samoyedic and discusses their structure, history and development.…

    Paperback – 2006-11-14
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  • The Germanic Languages

    By Ekkehard Konig, Johan van der Auwera

    Provides a unique, up-to-date survey of twelve Germanic languages from English and German to Faroese and Yiddish.…

    Paperback – 2002-06-13
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  • The Slavonic Languages

    By Professor Greville Corbett, Professor Bernard Comrie

    In this scholarly volume, each of the living Slavonic languages are analysed and described in depth, together with the two extinct languages - Old Church Slavonic and Polabian. In addition, the various alphabets of the Slavonic languages - particularly Roman, Cyrillic and Glagolitic - are discussed…

    Paperback – 2002-05-30
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  • The Romance Languages

    Edited by Martin Harris, Nigel Vincent

    Available again, this book discusses nine Romance languages in context of their common Latin origins and then in individual studies. The final chapter is devoted to Romance-based Creole languages; a genuine innovation in a work of this kind.…

    Hardback – 1988-01-28
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